“She Wouldn’t Want Me To”

So it had been a long day of picking out colors for the new house, and I cheerfully sat down on the couch to see what was on TV. As watching the Bourne Supremacy on television, – Here there be spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie before – and I came to the part where he’s got the CIA guy who’s in charge of Treadstone. Jason wants to shoot the guy, to get revenge for everything that he put him through, for making him run for years and for the death of his girlfriend. But he realizes that his girlfriend wouldn’t want him to kill this guy, that she would want him to take the high road, not the vengeful one.  And he doesn’t, telling the man who’s pretty much ruined his life “She wouldn’t want me to.”

Now, as I watched this I had a little “blogging thought” . As we go through life, we are going to come to points that we want to do something wrong. We want to take that revenge. We want to bring pain to those who have brought pain to us. But as Christians we should always turn from those things. Not grudgingly, but willingly. Because God wouldn’t want us to. We so much want to please Him that we turn from the things He wouldn’t like. We should be so in love with Him that our selves and our own desires fall by the wayside.

So, just a thought to keep in mind. (And yes, yes I can make a blog post out of such random things)

We must always work for His glory, and not our own.

Victoria

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The Meaning of Words: Awesome

Taken from sxc.hu. Credit goes to mihowI’ve thought often that words no longer have the meaning that they used to. I think we all know this. Words like awesome, amazing and super have been taking down from their pedestals of being used for truly great things, like God, and have been placed instead on whatever, like coffee, or paint colors. We almost have to forcibly put away our slang as we read the Bible, because our God isn’t just awesome as in cool, He really is AWESOME as in awe-inspiring, take your breath away, Creator of the universe and Savior of our souls awesome.

Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.

Nehemiah 1:5
And I said: “I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,

And His works are awesome, but not just sweet, or interesting, but AWESOME as in you can hardly understand their greatness

2 Samuel 7:23
And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods?

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

It’s something to remember, when reading the Bible, when singing “Our God is an Awesome God”, because the last thing that we should be doing is considering our God “cool,” or “exciting”.

Give praise to our awesome Lord!

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Remember

Recently I’ve been struggling with the fact I don’t spend as much time as I should in prayer and reading the Bible

It’s so easy to not prioritize it, to say “Later” and never come back to it.

It’s a shame, but often we just brush it off.

Do we realize what we’re really doing when we do this?

Do we realize that we are in essence setting aside what should be the number one thing in our lives?

We’re chosing to not make God a priority.

You know, God, the Loving Creator who has chosen us to be pulled from the fires of hell and into salvation with Him.

The God who sent His beloved Son to a painful death, so that we might have the chance of life.

I’m sure glad He didn’t brush aside me as I so often put aside Him.

I’m sure glad He didn’t say “I’ll save her later” and forget to ever do so.

Remember this when you think “Later.”

Remember it when you put off reading your Bible to learn God’s truths because you don’t see it as important as other things.

Remember it when you cut your prayers short because you’re in a rush.

I know I need to.

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Being Thankful When a Doors Close

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1 Thessalonians 5:18

 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Recently, my brother has been trying to buy a truck. He was supposed to go and look at one the other weekend, but a day before he was supposed to go see it the seller called and told him that someone else had bought it. I’m sure it was frustrating.

But it got me to thinking about something. It’s really easy to be thankful to God about doors that He opens; when something falls perfectly into place, or when everything happens at just the right time. But God also closes doors sometimes. You can see this with my brother and his truck. That particular truck was closed off from him. Now, don’t you think that we should be just as thankful to God for this?

By closing doors God can guide us in the direction that we need to take, or protect us from harmful situations, or any manner of things! Closed doors are just as important as open ones. And we need to be thankful for all the guidance God gives us in our lives.

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Holy Aspirations in the Bible

Taken from sxc.hu. Credit goes to raichinger

It has often come to mind that while my entire blog is on various Holy Aspirations, I have never really specified what those aspirations are. That’s a very sorry shame, especially since most of the web searches that bring people here are along the lines of “Holy Aspirations in the Bible.” So here is what my view on the title is:

First, let’s define the terms.

ho·ly 

dedicated or devoted to the service of god, the church, or religion: a holy man.
 

saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
 

having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
 

religious: holy rites.
 

as·pi·ra·tion

strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations.
 
a goal or objective desired 
 
 
I’ve always had the impression (might be wrong, might be right… I’m not sure where I got it) that aspirations are a little more solid than goals. We all set goals. Big goals, little goals. But Aspirations are goals that we are really working towards. Goals in action, in progression, as it were. And that’s what I mean when I say aspirations. For me there’s a meaning of growth.
 
I haven’t ever seen the word “aspiration” in the Bible yet, so words like “goal” “progress” etc. help in finding holy aspirations in the Bible. Here are some verses I’ve found:
 
Philippians 3:10-14 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
1 Timothy 4:12-16  Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
 
Ephesians 4:14-16  that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  (This one isn’t just for an individual, it’s for an entire group.)
 2 Peter 1:5-9 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
2 Corinthians 8:7 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.
 
Romans 12:10-12 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
 
Anything we are to do as Christian’s, which we are lacking in, or not perfected in now, is a Holy Aspiration we can move towards. A lot of the examples I gave were very broad, but yours could be specific if you wanted as well. You can make them short or long term. Patience, diligence, all that is something we are continually striving for. But maybe you want to be better prepared to “Give an answer for the faith that is in you” by reading a certain book, or raising money for a certain charity. These aren’t spelled out in the Bible like patience and diligence, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t “holy goals”. They’re important as well.
 
Anyway, I hope that explained it all for you, and that you’ll make some aspirations for yourself to achieve.
Your sister in Christ,
Victoria

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I’m Only Human

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I’m only human… True, I am only human, but that’s not what we mean when we use that phrase, is it? We’re not talking about our DNA structure, or our soul, or whatever makes humans human. No, we’re using at as an excuse for our actions. I thought of this the other day when writing my last post, and I considered using the phrase to excuse me not posting.

 
And then I thought, isn’t it rather terrible to make such excuses? Yes, as humans we aren’t perfect, and we make mistakes, and we don’t post on our blogs as often as we should. But is that a reason to let ourselves off the hook?
 
I don’t think so. I think we are responsible for our actions, and though we won’t ever get it all right, in the end it is my fault that I didn’t post, and it wasn’t because “I’m only human”, it was because I didn’t get myself to do it. We have to take responsibility for what we do, and what we don’t do. If we keep blaming our actions on something we can’t change – being human, that is – we’re never going to grow and get stronger and try to fix our actions. If I accepted the fact that I did something just because I’m flawed, I’m never going to try to fix that flaw in me…
 
Anyway, not sure how much sense that all makes, but hopefully it does. We’re never going to be perfect, but we do have to try to grow better every day. It’s our responsibility. I guess what I’m saying is we CAN fight against the fallen nature inside of us that allows us to make mistakes. Will we ever completely win? No, not until we stand in front of our Savior, I don’t think we will. But we can make progress against it. So no more excuses people?

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